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Lleyton Hewitt's record 17th consecutive Australian Open campaign ended in a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-3 first-round loss to eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia on Monday night.
The former No. 1 player qualified for his first Australian Open when he was 15. He will turn 32 next month. Nobody in the Open era has played more consecutive Australian Opens than Hewitt, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion.
The closest Hewitt has come to ending a drought for local men that dates to 1976 at the national championship was when he lost the 2005 final to Russia's Marat Safin.
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Time and injuries may have wearied his body, but nothing seems to have reduced Lleyton Hewitt's bravado. The two-time Grand Slam champion takes to the court on Monday night for his 17th consecutive Australian Open.
Asked Sunday whether he felt unlucky to have drawn the eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, Hewitt replied: ''I don't care. I'll knock...
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Lleyton Hewitt is defeated by Janko Tipsarevic during the first round of the Australian Open
By James Crabtree
A day before Lleyton Hewitt’s encounter with 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic the Aussie legend was in a defiant practically...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 14, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic ground out victory in just over three hours against former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in a thrilling three set encounter on Rod Laver Arena in Monday’s evening session 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-3.
“I cannot tell you how happy that I am, first of all, that I managed to win, and second of all...
His heavily tattoed arms include one in Japanese that says, ''Beauty Will Save the World.''
No. 8-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia says his wife has barred him from getting more - and he listens to her because his rise through the rankings started when they married in 2010.
''Honestly, I don't know why but from the moment I got married I started producing...